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Rental Assistance and Guaranteed Temporary Shelter for All Sandy-Affected New Yorkers

Nearly six months after Sandy, hundreds of displaced families continue to rely on New York City hotels and on the FEMA housing system. Over one thousand families seeking long-term housing options have also registered in the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development. Twelve hundred of these families are below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI). Still, an unknown number of families  are living with family and friends and very likely in need of rental assistance. New York City has proposed a voucher program for rental assistance for extremely low-income households. However, these vouchers will not help many of the families who are threatened with homelessness by the imminent closure of hotel assistance and disaster evacuation centers on April 30th. And it remains unclear whether these vouchers will be accessible to undocumented immigrants. Read More


Thousands of families in the areas most impacted by Sandy continue to face an urgent and escalating health crisis: mold infestation.

Dangerous mold remediation work is being carried out by volunteers and workers with little training or protections. Poor workmanship by untrained or unscrupulous contractors can leave behind traces of mold, requiring work to be done again. Mayor Bloomberg’s $15 million private program is a positive step but the projected 2,000 homes it will help falls far short of the actual need. Additionally, the city has not ensured that the jobs created are skilled, economy-building jobs that help Sandy-impacted low-income residents recover. Read More